Alton Brown’s Pancakes

Alton Brown's pancakes are super fluffy with a hint of tang, thanks to the buttermilk. #altonbrown #pancakes #breakfast #brunch

this post for alton brown’s pancakes was originally posted in march 2016! the pictures have been updated.

if someone’s going to be making breakfast at home, it’s usually my dad. weekend mornings consist of omelettes (usually with cheddar cheese, sometimes with smatterings of other things in the house- leftover caramelized onions, basil, tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms, etc), challah french toast, or alton brown’s pancakes, tall and golden and studded with 5 chocolate chips each (exactly 5- he refuses to add anymore, and the rest of us would riot if he used less).

You can serve Alton Brown's pancakes with a dollop of whipped cream, some shaved chocolate and raspberries, like you see here! #altonbrown #pancakes #breakfast #brunch

let’s talk toppings real quick before i let you go. my dad does chocolate chips or plain (at which point there’s usually a bowl of maple syrup on the table for dipping). for the batch photographed here, i did chocolate chips cooked into the pancakes, with a plop of whipped cream, chocolate shavings and raspberries on top. chocolate chip and blueberries is also a really nice combo; you get the sweet chocolate and the sweet/tart berries. plain ones doused in melted butter and brown sugar is equally unreal, and if you were trying to channel my cousin, the one with whom i had a standing tuesday baking date with (ahhh, those were the days, when there was weekday baking) as a kid and made countless batches of chocolate chip cookies with, you’d do the brown sugar/butter combo over chocolate chip pancakes. for lunch. enough said. or chopped crispy bacon, diced apple/pear/stone fruit/berries, dried cherries/apricots, toasted almonds/pecans/macadamias, you name it, it’ll pass with flying colors. except for maybe apple and kielbasa pancakes, which are as weird as they sound, but i bet you knew that already.

Alton Brown's pancakes are buttery and fluffy, and if you make a big batch on the weekend, you have breakfast for the week! #altonbrown #pancakes #breakfast #brunch

I like adding chocolate chips to Alton Brown's pancakes, but you can add whatever you'd like! #altonbrown #pancakes #breakfast #brunch

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4.34 from 3 votes
Alton Brown's pancakes are buttery and fluffy, and if you make a big batch on the weekend, you have breakfast for the week! #altonbrown #pancakes #breakfast #brunch
Alton Brown’s Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Alton Brown's pancakes are so reliably good that they're my go to pancakes again and again.
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alton brown, nut-free, pancakes, vegetarian
Servings: 6 pancakes
Calories: 139 kcal
Pancake Mix
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/6 T kosher salt
  • 1/3 T granulated sugar
Pancake Assembly
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 T unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature (or 1 T white vinegar topped off with milk to total 1 cup)
  • fruit, chocolate chips, or other toppings
Pancake Mix
  1. Combine all ingredients. Use within 3 months.
Pancake Assembly
  1. Whisk the egg and butter in a bowl, then whisk in the buttermilk.
  2. Add to the pancake mix. Whisk until just combined. Don't worry about the lumps.
  3. Ladle onto the griddle and sprinkle on toppings. Press in the toppings gently. When bubbles begin to set around the edges and the bottom is golden, flip. Cook until set.
Recipe Notes

From Alton Brown.

Alton Brown's pancakes are delicious, even plain! #altonbrown #pancakes #breakfast #brunch

more breakfast goodies besides alton brown’s pancakes

I like serving this healthy baked oatmeal with apples and blueberries with more fruit (fresh berries if you can!), tangy Greek yogurt, and a dribble of maple syrup. #bakedoatmeal #apples #blueberries #breakfast

healthy baked oatmeal with apples and blueberries

Cross section of a fluffy, tender strawberry lemon poppy seed muffin. #strawberry #lemon #poppyseed #muffins #lemonpoppyseedmuffins

strawberry lemon poppy seed muffins

Alton Brown's pancakes are super tasty no matter what you put in or on top! I like chocolate chips, but whipped cream and raspberries are perfect for a special breakfast or brunch! #altonbrown #pancakes #breakfast #brunch
You could make 6 of Alton Brown's pancakes, and they'd be massive. Or you could make smaller ones and serve a cute little stack of them. #altonbrown #pancakes #breakfast #brunch

6 Replies to “Alton Brown’s Pancakes”

  1. Heather, these look divine! All good pancake recipes (that I know) are made with buttermilk – it’s the key to fluffy and light! These look amazing and I love Alton!5 stars

    1. buttermilk makes all the difference! tried using coconut milk for a few batches when i wanted to do coconut pancakes, and i’ve never had gummier pancakes lol.

  2. Love all things Alton makes ( you know we go by first name basis ….lol). Can’t go wrong with a tall stack of buttermilk pancakes. These look fabulous!5 stars

  3. Hey Alton, love your recipe, but I have been making my version for decades and believe it is slightly better. Mine has more protein and fiber with a few little tweeks to your recipe. I add 1/2 cup quick cook oats to the milk and let them soak for a couple of minutes. Also I use 2 eggs instead of one. Also I double the baking powder and use 1 tsp to one cup milk and 1/2 tsp. baking soda. And I don’t use any stinking toppings.

    1. hi connie, thanks for stopping by! this is alton brown’s recipe that i’ve reposted (so alton brown probably won’t see this post, though that would be cool!). glad you could find a version that works for you (:

  4. it was good; we used wheat flour instead and they came out kind of dense. Next time we will use regular flour and see if it changes it.
    although, even with completely ignoring key parts of the recipe and
    overall despite the hurdles, I will give it three stars3 stars

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